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In This Issue LIFESTYLE
Places Around The Island Adeje What’s On November’s schedule... Exhibitions, concerts, theatre, cinema, dance, and book signings
RockStory: The Musical
Healthy Living Keeping your heart healthy
Spanish Style Cuisine A to Z of Tapas (Part 2)
Books Tenerife: AA The Essential Guide
Music Seasons Of My Soul - Rumer
Sport La Liga & League 2 - CD Tenerife News
UK Tenerife Oct 2010 Oct 2010
November 2010 FEATURES 46
Tenerife Tourist Map
Places of interest in Tenerife
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Area Maps *Cristianos - Americas *Las Galletas - Costa del Silencio *Golf del Sur - Los Abrigos *Los Gigantes - Playa de la Arena
Business Tenerife Directory Money How you can reduce your holiday phone bill
The Birthday File
Famous Days in Spanish History
LIFESTYLE Adeje is a beautiful and large municipality located in the south of Tenerife, close to Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Originally a farming area, traditionally devoted to growing bananas and tomatoes, it is now considered to be an up market resort, boasting plenty of lovely restaurants, bars and beaches.
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Adeje It can claim to have the best of both worlds; at times peaceful and quiet getting you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and yet it can also be a busy bustling resort with lively nightlife too. Before the Spanish conquest, Adeje was actually one of the kingdoms that made up the former organisation of Tenerife. The Kingdom of Adeje was run by a king or mencey called Pelinor, who was faithful to the first Governor of the Canary Islands the Castilian conqueror, Alonso Fernรกndez de Lugo who granted Pelinor a title, had him baptised with the name of Diego and gave him some land, parts of which had belonged to his former kingdom.
Pelinor became Diego Pontes and he and his descendants became the owners of the land of Adeje. They had economic wealth (land, water and a sugar mill) and they were responsible for all administration of the area. The Pontes, under the Marquis, were also the Counts de La Gomera and Lords of part of the island of El Hierro.
Adeje Now as then, the borough of Adeje contains small villages like Tijoco, Taucho and Ifonche in the highland part, where you can find beautiful examples of traditional Canary Island architectural style. The Adeje Massif and the Barranco del Infierno (Devil's Ravine) Special Nature Reserve encompass an area that is of both geo-morphological and flora and fauna interest. The Barranco del Infierno is an impressively narrow ravine with vertical vegetation covered walls with dragon trees clinging to the crags, where the sunlight barely penetrates to the bottom and it leads to an almost permanent and spectacular cascade, fed by the waters of the Roque Abinque stream. Many Guanche burial caves have been discovered in the walls of the Barranco del Infierno. Other protected natural areas within the municipality of Adeje include the Acantilados de Adeje (Adeje cliffs), the Erques ravine, the coastal cliffs and part of Corona Forestal. The Caldera del Rey Natural Monument, near Las Americas, has felt the destructive effect of this nearby town. It is, however, a protected area representing a maar (a type of volcanic edifice produced by freatic-magmatic activity), which even has its own special micro-climate. The coastal area of Adeje is called Costa Adeje and this area has been receiving much attention recently with several different tourist resorts such as San Eugenio, FaĂąabĂŠ, Playas del Duque and El Beril undergoing major developments of their hotel infrastructures.
These are of an extremely high quality and the tourist facilities have endowed the area with everything it needs to ensure that it retains its great beauty while growing and attracting the more discerning holiday maker. The actual town of Adeje is a medium sized town clinging to the side of the mountains. Wherever you are here you have some magnificent views of either the majestic cliffs rearing up overhead or the stunning coastline laid out beneath you.
Around The Island Apart from the archaeological diggings in the area, the original parish church of Santa Ursula is definitely worth a visit. The Church of Santa Ursula was built on an original church at the beginning of the 16th century. It possesses a fine Mudejar moulded ceiling and an interesting collection of 17th century French Gobelin tapestries that are considered unique in the religious heritage of the Canary Islands. The oldest facsimile of the Virgen de Candelabria is also conserved here, along with what is clearly a Montanesque San Juan. There is of course, a figurine of Santa Ursula, of the German school and many other important works. Another building worth visiting in the town of Adeje is the Casa Fuerte Fortress which is quite close to the church. The Los Ponte Family were given authorisation on 2nd May 1555, to build a fortress/house which was built by Pedro de Ponte in 1556 to defend his properties, and parts of the Fortress which included an important sugar mill, can still be seen today. However, the last Lords of Adeje,when they sold their properties here in the 19th century, took the contents of the mansion to Madrid including all the furniture, tapestries and arms etc. If you are more into beaches than buildings, then the municipality of Adeje has some of the most picturesque beaches on the south coast. Works carried out along the coast have created sandy beaches, like Playa de Torviscas, Playa del Bobo, Playa del Duque and FaĂąabĂŠ. El Barranco del Rey is the boundary between the boroughs of Adeje and Arona and there are several golden-sand beaches along this stretch of coast, such as Cuevitas and Playas de Troya, which are very popular for their dry, sunny climate.
Adeje These beaches have changing rooms and showers and there are an assortment of bars, restaurants and terraces along the pedestrian promenade to cool off in. Several water sports are also practised here such as wet biking and parasailing and there are several diving clubs. Sun beds, pedal boats, pleasure craft can all be rented here. La Caleta is a small coastal enclave in the borough of Adeje, near Playa de las Americas, with a stone beach and some fish restaurants. If you follow a track for about half an hour to the south from here, you get to some small coves of golden sand. Playa de Diego HernĂĄndez is close by as is La Caleta beach and Playa de la Enramada. Other areas of considerable interest are Calleo Salvaje and ParaĂso Beach where scuba-diving and fishing are much sort after pastimes for visitors and locals alike. There are also various rocky bays and outcroppings such as El Conde, Abinque and Imoque and others higher in the valleys above the village of Adeje such as El Infierno (hell hole) to name but a few making trekking above Adeje a great favourite for those who enjoy this activity, and the views are marvellous. Two championship level golf courses complete the range of leisure activities on offer in this diverse and popular area.
LIFESTYLE Healthy Food, Healthy Heart Once you have the basics of a healthy diet right, you can make your heart and the rest of your cardiovascular system even healthier by adding more of these foods: Tomatoes Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and lycopene, which has been shown to reduce heart disease risk. Add thick slices of tomatoes to sandwiches and salads or enjoy tomato sauces on whole wheat pasta. In fact cooked tomato sauces contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Olive Oil Olive oil reduces your risk of heart disease by lowering your LDL cholesterol levels. Choose olive oil for cooking, or make a nice dip for whole grain bread by pouring a bit of olive oil in a small bowl and add a bit of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of oregano. Whole Grains Whole grains provide vitamins and fibre that will help to keep your heart healthy. Make a deliciously healthy sandwich with two slices of 100 percent whole-grain bread, three ounces of lean turkey or chicken breast, lots of sliced tomatoes and avocado, plus lettuce and a bit of mustard. Try switching from white pasta to whole grain pasta too.
Healthy Living Healthy Food, Healthy Heart Almonds Almonds and other nuts contain healthy oils, vitamin E and other substances that will help keep cholesterol levels in check. Almonds are also a good source of protein and fibre. Almonds make a great snack on their own, or sprinkle slivered almonds on green beans or asparagus with lemon juice as a deliciously healthy side dish. Oats Oats contain a soluble fibre called beta glucan that helps to reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Soluble fibre also helps to keep your digestive system healthy. Enjoy oatmeal with just a small amount of brown sugar and plenty of strawberries and walnuts for breakfast. Cold cereals made with oats are also great with low fat milk or soy milk plus slices of fresh fruit. Apples Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin which acts as an anti-inflammatory and will help prevent blood clots as well. Apples contain vitamins and fibre, come in several delicious varieties and are very portable. Eat an apple with a handful of walnuts or almonds as a healthy snack or add apple slices to your healthy salads. Green leafy vegetables Green leafy vegetables contain folate, which helps to keep homocysteine levels down, and vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables have also been associated with better retention of memory as you age. Try fresh spinach leaves or other greens to your favourite salad instead of iceberg lettuce.
LIFESTYLE Healthy Food, Healthy Heart Red wine Red wine contains a powerful anti-oxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol has been shown to be good for your heart. Be sure to enjoy red wine in moderation. Studies show that only four to eight ounces of red wine is needed each day. Soy Soy protein has been shown to prevent heart attacks and soy makes an excellent protein substitute for red meat which will reduce your saturated fat intake. Add tofu to your favorite stir-fry or pour soy milk on your morning cereal. Salmon Salmon is an excellent source of essential fatty acids such as omega-3, which improve your heart health by reducing inflammation, promoting normal cholesterol levels and by reducing the risk of blood clots. Eat salmon or other oily ocean fish like tuna, sardines or herring at least twice per week. Try grilled salmon steaks with a green vegetable, a side salad and lemon juice for a very hearthealthy meal.
Spanish Style Cuisine Tapas is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, used throughout Spanish cuisine. Tapa means "lid" or "cover" in Spanish, and there are many and varied explanations for why it has come to denote a particular type of food. A commonly cited explanation is that an item, be it bread or a flat card, etc., would often be placed on top of a drink to protect it from fruit flies; at some point it became a habit to top this "cover" with a snack. It is also commonly said that since one would be standing while eating a tapa in traditional Spanish bars, they would need to place their plates of food on top of their drinks in order to eat, making it a top or “cover”. Some believe that the name originated sometime around the 16th century when tavern owners from Castilla-La Mancha found out that the strong taste and smell of mature cheese could help disguise that of bad wine, thus "covering" it, and thus started offering free cheese when serving cheap wine. Another popular explanation says that the king Alfonso XII stopped by a famous venta (inn) in Cádiz (Andalusia) where he ordered a cup of sherry. The waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham before offering it to the king, to protect the wine from the beach sand, as Cádiz is known as a very windy place. The king, after drinking the wine and eating the tapa, ordered another sherry "with the cover."
The A - Z of tapas Now all of these “explanations” for the term Tapas are all well and good, but the dish itself has developed and changed wildly over the centuries. In Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Asturias, Extremadura, and in parts of Andalucia, when you go into a bar and order a drink, you will often get a tapa for free. By a drink, it is usual to ask for a caña (small beer), a chato (glass of wine) or a mosto (grape juice). In several cities, there are entire zones dedicated to tapas bars; many of which have developed the concept into serving their own unique dish as their take on the traditional tapas. In León, for example, you can find the Barrio Húmedo, in Logroño Calle Laurel and in Burgos Calle de la Sombrerería and Calle de San Lorenzo. Sometimes, especially in Northern Spain, they're also called pinchos (spelled pintxos in Basque) in Navarre, the Basque Country, Cantabria and in some provinces like Salamanca. They're called that because many of them have a pincho or toothpick through them. The toothpick is used to keep whatever the snack is made of from falling off the slice of bread it is attached to and is also useful to keep track of the number of tapas the customer has eaten! Differently priced tapas can have different shaped toothpicks, or have toothpicks of different sizes. The price of a single tapa ranges from 1.50 to 3 euros. Another name for them is banderillas (diminutive of bandera "flag"), in part because some of them resemble the colourful spears used in bullfighting. Tapas can be "upgraded" to bigger portions, equivalent to half a dish (media ración) or a whole one (ración). This is generally more economical when a tapa is being ordered by more than one person, or in a group, where each can try and taste a different type of tapas. These portions, usually shared by diners, are similar to most cultures throughout the world, wher a meal made up of raciones resembles a Chinese dim sum, Korean banchan or Middle Eastern mezze.
Common Spanish Tapas (Part 2) Mejillones rellenos (Tigres) Stuffed Mussels. In Navarre, these stuffed mussels are called tigres ("tigers") because of their fireiness. Papas Arrugadas / Papas con Mojo Canary Islands: Very small new potatoes boiled in salt water similar to sea water, then drained, slightly roasted and served with Mojo sauce , a garlic, spanish paprika, red pepper, cumin seed, olive oil, wine vinegar, salt and bread "miga" (fresh bread crumbs without the crust) to thicken it. Pimientos de Padrón Small green peppers originally from Padrón (a municipality in the province of A Coruña, Galicia) that are fried in olive oil or served raw. Most are mild, but a few in each batch are quite spicy. Pulpo Pulpo means Octopus, and it is usually served in small chunks in the oil in which it was cooked. In its most basic form, salt is also added. Pulpo, as with many of Spain's seafood dishes, comes predominantly from Galicia due to the region's access to the rich resources of Atlantic Ocean. Pulpo a la gallega (Octopus à la Galicia) This Galician dish, known both as Pulpo á galega (Octopus Galician style) and Polbo á feira (Octopus the trade fair style) in Galicia, is cooked in boiling water (preferably in a copper cauldron or pan) and served hot in olive or vegetable oil. The octopus pieces are seasoned with substantial amounts of paprika, giving it its recognisable red colour, and sea-salt for texture and flavour.
Tapas A - Z
(continued from last month)
Pincho moruno A stick with spicy meat, made of pork or chicken. Its name can translate to 'Moorish spike'. Patatas bravas Fried potato dices (sometimes par-boiled and then fried, or simply boiled) served with salsa brava, a spicy tomato sauce. Alioli is often served with it too. Puntillitas Battered and fried tiny squid. Also known as chopitos. Queso con anchoas Castilla or Manchego cured cheese with anchovies on top.
Rajo Pork seasoned with garlic and parsley. Another variety with added paprika is often called Zorza. Solomillo a la castellana Fried pork scallops, served with an onion and/or Cabrales cheese sauce Solomillo al whisky, or al g端isqui Fried pork scallops, marinated using either a little whisky, brandy or white wine and olive oil. Tortilla de patatas, also known as Tortilla espa単ola A type of omelet containing fried chunks of potatoes and sometimes onion. A variety containing vegetables and chorizo (similar to frittata) is known as Tortilla paisana. Tortillitas de camarones Battered-prawn fritters. Zamburi単as Most renowned from the region of Galicia, zamburi単as are Chlamys varia, a type of scallop, which are often served in a marinera, tomato-based sauce.
BOOKS Tenerife : (AA Essential Guide) Just the right size to pack into a small space and with more than enough information for a week's holiday in Tenerife. Contact details are up-to-date and there are numbers to ring before embarking on particular excursions, just to check in advance that there are no problems or changes to the route. The small cost of the book is well worth it just for that. It’s packed full of useful information, and there are maps giving an overview of the whole island as well as the centre of the captial, Santa Cruz.
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MUSIC Seasons Of My Soul: Rumer Rumer (real name: Sarah Joyce) has come a long way since winning a school’s talent show back in 1994. The singer/songwriter spent her teenage years in Carlisle at Newman School before leaving at 16 to pursue her ambition. It has been a long, hard slog, but years later she is finally hitting the big time and gradually becoming a household name. She hopes her newfound success will inspire other young people to follow their dreams. In 2010 She released her debut single “Slow” and saw it named single of the week on Radio 2, and with the imminent release of her first album “Seasons Of My Soul” this month, we’ll surely be hearing a lot more from this fine young artist. Rumer is a singer-songwriter in the classic 1970s soft-rock mould of Karen Carpenter and Carole King. She was born in Pakistan, the youngest child of an English couple who were working in Islamabad. Living in an expat community without TV or newspapers, Rumer and her family would often sing and write songs together. Her brother Rob gave Rumer her first guitar; which she taught herself to play, and on which, years later, she wrote all the songs on her debut album, Seasons of My Soul. After eventually settling in south London, she has amassed a following that now includes Carly Simon and the godfather of lounge, Burt Bacharach, who was so impressed with her voice, that he flew her to California just to hear her sing.
Her voice does sound uncannily like that of Karen Carpenter, and her debut track “Slow” would not be out of place alongside the original Bacharach/Hal David-penned classic “The Look of Love”, it's that good, that classy. Rumer has been a rumour for a while now, but with her forthcoming album, containing quality crafted songs, of an almost bygone age, I for one couldn't be more delighted because both vocally and in terms of songwriting style she recalls one of my favourite female artists, the late great Karen Carpenter. Rumer is also supporting Jools Holland on his UK tour through November – the finale being a show at the Albert Hall.
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Villarreal and Espanyol passed up the chance to move second and fourth respectively in the Liga after neither could claim three points from their away matches on Sunday. Villarreal missed the chance to return to second place in La Liga after a 1-1 draw at Real Sporting de Gijón, while a heavy away defeat prevented Espanyol from rising to fourth. FC Barcelona's 5-0 victory against Sevilla FC on Saturday meant that Villareal needed at least a four-goal triumph to reclaim second spot, but this appeared to be a hopeless task as soon as Diego Castro converted a 69th-minute penalty for Gijón. Gonzalo's red card seven minutes later added to the struggle but Juan Carlos Garrido's charges dug deep and snatched a point thanks to Giuseppe Rossi's very late 94th-minute spot kick. Espanyol were hoping to leapfrog Valencia, who were held 1-1 by Real Zaragoza on the saturday, but instead they became Deportivo La Coruña's first victims of the season as Adrián, Alberto Lopo and Diego Colotto secured the hosts a 3-0 win.
Atlético de Madrid are sixth despite drawing 1-1 with UD Almería, while two places lower are Athletic Bilbao, who defeated Getafe 3-0. Elsewhere, there were victories for Real Sociedad who triumphed 2-1 away to Málaga, and Racing Santander, who beat Osasuna 4-1.
LEAGUE 2 CD Tenerife - Off the bottom with 4 points from their last 2 games CD Tenerife managed to pick up their third point of the season with a promising result away to Córdoba on Day (Jornada) 9 of the current season towards the end of October. The eventual 2-2 draw began badly for the Canary Islanders, as Luque opened the scoring for the locals from the penalty spot five minutes after the restart, and Charles added a second with a spectacular overhead kick. But mikel Alonso got on the end of Kome's cross to pull one back, and Natalio levelled the scores for Juan Carlos Mandiá's side with five minutes to go. This excellent come back was followed up on the last day of the month (Jornada 10) with their first win of the season at home to mid-table Elche. Natalio again was the goal scorer in the narrow 1-0 victory, which edges CD Tenerife just off the foot of the table. CD TENERIFE
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TENERIFE GUIDE Los Cristianos One of the most popular resorts in the entire Canary Islands, and just 16 km west of the airport. With the wonderful golden sand beaches situated around the harbour, the town has managed to retain some of the character of its original fishing village whist developing into one of the largest tourist areas on the Island. There are plenty of things to do, from the pleasure cruises, glass-bottomed boats, and ferries to neighbouring islands, as well as sun-bathing, watersports, then relaxing in the vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, all within walking distance. Playa de las Americas Very much a purpose built resort, Las Americas has grown to become Tenerife's biggest and most popular holiday destination. From itâ€™s clean man-made sandy beaches to itâ€™s hundreds of quality hotels and first class facilities, this is truly a sun worshipper's idea of paradise. Everyone is catered for with a wealth of beach, sea and leisure activities, and there is something for all the family with the Aquapark and new Siam Water Kingdom all within walking distance of as many bars, restaurants and clubs as you are ever likely to need.
Icod de los vinos Site of the 1,000 year old Drago (Dragon) Tree, the oldest and largest in existence, situated next to the plaza of the Iglesia de San Marcos.
Mount Teide National Park At a height of 3,720 metres, the summit of Mount Teide is the highest point of the Canary Islands, and the surrounding area was declared a National Park in 1954. Roads through the park allow visitors to drive across old lava fields and sample the lunarlike landscape within the old crater at around 2,100 metres above sea-level with El Teide dominating the centre. It is possible to access within 200 metres of the summit of this dormant vocano by cable car, and view the surrounding peaks, some of which are evidence of more recent volcanic activity. Vilaflor High above the coast of southern Tenerife, yet just an hours drive away, Vilaflor is a beautiful village famous for its wine, cheese and spring water, as well as being the highest village in Tenerife. On the road to Mount Teide, it offers spectacular views, as well as local scenery, arts and crafts. Las Galletas Located on the south coast between Los Cristianos and the airport, Las Galletas is a typical Canarian village with narrow streets, beach front promenade, picturesque harbour and a cafe style pedestrian centre. There is a small, natural beach by the side of the fishing boats, which supply the daily fish market and excellent local restaurants, both here and in the adjoining neighbourhoods that make up Tenbel and Costa del Silencio.
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TENERIFE GUIDE Santa Cruz Tenerife's vibrant capital city, set in the north-east corner of the island, offers a cosmopolitan blend of culture, heritage, beaches and classical architecture. Santa Cruz is a wonderful mix of old and new, with its museums, parks, plazas, art, fine dining, and of course shopping, which means it really does have something for everyone to enjoy. Santa Cruz is also the home of a dazzling array of festivals, events, and venues for those wishing to inject a bit of culture into their holiday. As well as being the site for one of the biggest carnivals in the world, its amazing sights number amongst it the magnificent Auditorio de Tenerife, home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. El Medano A small town on the south coast just 5km east of Los Abrigos, Medano is famous for its long, natural, sandy beaches and offshore breezes, making it the ideal spot for wind and watersport enthusiasts. The centre and boardwalk area mingle health and surf shops with seafront cafes, and is a very popular resort with the locals.
Los Abrigos A traditional fishing village situated between Las Chafiras and El Medano. It has a fantastic selection of seafood restaurants around the picturesque harbour where the local fishing boats drop off their catch daily.
Guimar A quiet town set in the valley of Guimar to the east of the island, it has a reputation as the perfect spot for a slice of “rural” tourism. More recently, the mysterious stone pyramids on the outskirts of the town, attracted the interest of the author and world famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who has researched similar structures in Mexico and Peru, and his exhibition on the site of the “pyramids” has become a huge tourist attraction. Puerto de la Cruz The oldest resort in the Canary Islands, located on the northern coast, this town was the birthplace of tourism in the Canaries and still has a lot to offer. It is more traditional, in contrast with the more modern resorts of the south, and is certainly greener, with a variety of botanical gardens due to the north’s more temperate climate. Home to a number of buildings of historical and artistic value, it is also the site of one of the islands most famous tourist attractions, the Loro Parque.
TENERIFE GUIDE Los Gigantes A beautiful resort on the west coast of the island set on a hillside next to the towering cliffs from which it gets its name. From the natural beach made up of black volcanic sand, to the idyllic marina with its yachts, excursion boats, cafes and bars, or on to the small shops and restaurants tucked away in the narrow streets, this fantastic resort has someting for everyone. Playa San Juan A bustling seaside and fishing village on the road to Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan has undergone some development in recent years. It retains a working harbour, two beaches, the second of which is a new sandy beach, and a long promenade with shops and restaurants serving traditional food and of course, fresh fish every day. It is also close to the fantastic premier Abama golf and spa resort.
La Orotava An historic town in the north of the island, notable for its typical Canarian architecture, monuments, and culture. Set in the valley from which it takes its name, its most notable landmark is the Casa de los Balcones which epitomises the island's heritage. Masca A popular and picturesque tourist spot situated in the more mountainous area to the north west of the island, with an impressive gorge that leads down to the sea. Noted for its scenery, and ideal for hiking. Candelaria Just south of the capital SantaCruz, Candelaria is a popular tourist destination of historical and religious significance, as the home of the Basilica and the Black Madonna, and the town's main plaza with its beach and Guanche statues.
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MONEY How you can reduce your holiday phone bill
In the last few years, mobile phones have become something of a holiday essential, but beware, as they can add hundreds of pounds to the cost of your trip. Phone operators have been known to up the price of calls to as much as ÂŁ1.89 a minute, and just using the internet can cost ÂŁ7.00 per megabyte. So, how can you keep the cost down? The good news is that the EU has capped the cost of calling home from member states to 43 cents (36p) and the cost of receiving calls to 19 cents (16p). From July this year, the cost of sending texts was capped at 11 cents (9p), making a call was capped to 39 cents (32p) a minute, and receiving a call capped to 15 cents (12p) a minute. The cost of downloading from the internet was also capped, so that you don't come home to a nasty surprise in your monthly bill, but this is still open to interpretation so check out the chargeses for your account. Essential Tenerife
How you can reduce your holiday phone bill Try leaving your mobile at home Start with the basics, such as turning off your voice messaging service, because operators charge for the message to be left and also for you to listen to it. The cheapest option of all is to leave your mobile at home and buy a local card for phone boxes or landlines at your holiday home or hotel. Phone cards can often be bought at shops or post offices in the country you are visiting. Get family and friends to phone you It is even cheaper if you can get your family or friends to call you at your villa or hotel. Make arrangements beforehand to call them from a landline in your resort, let it ring long enough so they can see your number, then hang up before they answer. They can then call you back on your hotel or resort number using one of the many UK/local discounted international phone services available, which cuts the cost of an international phone call to pennies. Buy a local SIM card Another option is to buy a SIM card at your destination to connect you to a local phone network. You will need to ensure your mobile phone is unlocked (many are locked so they can connect to only one network). Some small independent phone stores will do it for around £10. Some websites offer the service for free, though this can be complicated, or alternatively you can order country-specific or international SIMs from some sites.
Short term alternatives If you'd rather use your existing phone and SIM, then consider short-term add-on tariffs. For example, this summer, O2's My Europe Extra cost £10 a month. Calls were 25p a minute and free to receive in most European countries. The International Traveller Service for monthly customers cost £2.99 a month and was free to those with 600 free minutes a month or more. Holidaymakers in Spain could get its Chosen Country service, costing £5 a month. Calls were 25p to the UK or other European countries and free to receive. Texts were taken from any free bundle, with each text while abroad simply counting for four against one sent from home. Vodafone's Passport service offered calls from 37 countries including Australia, France and Spain at a 75p connection charge plus the UK rate or free minutes. Incoming calls had a 75p connection charge and were free for the first 60 minutes and 20p a minute thereafter. Orange's Europe Traveller cost £5 for 30 days or £10 a month. This gave 200 minutes or 1,000 minutes respectively for 28p a minute and the same amount of free incoming calls. 3 Mobile charged 38p a minute to make calls in most European countries and 15p a minute to receive them, but £1.40 to £2 a minute to make calls in the rest of the world and 99p to £1.25 to receive them. T-Mobile users could swap their inclusive flexible booster for a set amount of free calls and texts to Europe, the US. , Canada and Australasia.
MONEY Don’t get a shock at how much your holiday phone calls cost?
Surfing the web Many of todays smart phones such as the iPhone and Black-Berry can be connected continuously to the internet. So, be careful if you don't want to be hit by a huge bill. Turn it off! It can cost as much as £7.00 a megabyte to use the internet abroad. With the new limits that came in from July, this has at least been addressed somewhat. For example, Orange has a default 16MB a month limit, about £44, for pay monthly customer’s travelling abroad.
If you really must use your phone's internet connection while away, sign up for a special data package. Roaming rates are constantly changing, so make sure you shop around to find the best tariffs, or at the very least, find out from your network what the country-specific charges are likely to be before you travel.
Your Weekly Horoscope to 7th November ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You should put a little extra effort in at work. Don't let your work and your personal life interfere with each other. You can form new partnerships, but don't move too quickly; things may not be as they appear. Get back to basics and re-evaluate what is important in life.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) You are best to look into investments that will grow in value over an extended period of time. You won't be admired at home if you haven't been taking care of your share of the work. Friends or groups that you're affiliated with may want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Sooner or later your partner will have had enough. Home improvement projects will run smoothly. Do not expect others to do your work for you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Opportunities to make financial gains will develop through your connections with other people. Try to get out and socialize. You may get upset with peers or relatives. Residential moves should be considered carefully.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Relatives may play an important role in your personal life. Confusion could result when communicating with others. You may have a rather hectic day due to events that children are involved in. Pleasure trips will be favourable and bring about possible romance.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You have bent over backward trying to help a friend and now it's time to let them stand on their own two feet. Get thinking about prolonging longevity. Personal problems may be hanging over your head but don't confront the situation. You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group.
Your Weekly Horoscope to 7th November LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Get busy. Your ability to deal with humanitarian groups will enhance your reputation. Exaggeration or deception coupled with overindulgence might be a problem. Avoid lending money or belongings to friends.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Read some books on self awareness. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Think hard before going into business with friends or family. You can stabilize your financial situation if you make property investments.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) An older loved one may be having problems. Control your emotions and everything will fall into place. Deal with in-laws this month. Heed the advice given by family or old reliable friends.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Changes to your self image will be to your benefit as long as you don't over pay. Try to keep your opinions to yourself. Be careful when dealing with investments. Someone close to you will get upset easily if you are insensitive to their needs.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You'd be wise to control your spending so your debts don't get out of hand. Do not give your heart to someone who may not live up to your standards. Be careful not to show your temper when dealing with the boss. Emotional relationships will be plentiful if you attend group activities.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get involved in groups that are creative in nature. Tempers may flare if you haven't been completely honest about your intentions or your whereabouts. Social events will be plentiful. Delve into your work if you can't make amends at home.
If itâ€™s your birthday this month . . . Nov. 1st: Larry Flynt (1942) Gary Player (1935) 2nd: Marie Antoinette (1755) Daniel Boone (1734) Burt Lancaster (1913) 3rd: Dolph Lundgren (1959) Earl of Sandwich (1718) Charles Bronson (1920) Kate Capshaw (1953) Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) (1954) 4th: Matthew McConaughey (1969) Sean "P. Diddy" Combs (1971)
5th: Roy Rogers (1911) Vivien Leigh (1913) Ike Turner (1931) Art Garfunkel (1941) Sam Shepard (1943) Bryan Adams (1959) Tatum O'Neal (1963)
6th: Sally Field (1946) Glenn Frey (1948) Ethan Hawke (1970) 7th: Leon Trotsky (1879) Joni Mitchell (1943) Madame Curie (1867) 8th: Margaret Mitchell (1900) Parker Posey (1968) Bonnie Raitt (1949) 9th: Claude Rains (1889) Hedy Lamarr (1913) Carl Sagan (1934) 10th: Richard Burton (1925) Roy Scheider (1935) Tim Rice (1944) 11th: Leonardo DiCaprio (1974) General George Patton (1885) "Lucky" Luciano (1897) Demi Moore (1962) Calista Flockhart (1964)
12th: Grace Kelly (1929) Auguste Rodin (1840) Nadia Comaneci (1961) Neil Young (1945) David Schwimmer (1966) 13th: Whoopi Goldberg (1949) Robert Louis Stevenson (1850)
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Who do you share yours with . . . 14th: Charles, Prince of Wales (1948) Veronica Lake (1919) King Hussein (1935) Monet (1840) 15th: Ed Asner (1929) Sam Waterston (1940) Beverly D'Angelo (1954) Petula Clark (1932) 16th: Tiberius (42 BC) Burgess Meredith (1907) 17th: Martin Scorsese (1942) Lauren Hutton (1943) Danny DeVito (1944) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958) Sophie Marceau (1966) Rock Hudson (1925)
18th: Johnny Mercer (1909) Linda Evans (1942) Kim Wilde (1960) Elizabeth Perkins (1960) Owen Wilson (1968) 19th: Larry King (1933) Indira Gandhi (1917) Charles I (1600) Jodie Foster (1962) Meg Ryan (1961) 20th: Robert Kennedy (1925) Joe Walsh (1947) Bo Derek (1956) 21st: Goldie Hawn (1945) Voltaire (1694) Bjรถrk (1965)
22nd: Billie Jean King (1943) Geraldine Page (1924) Jamie Lee Curtis (1958) Hoagy Carmichael (1899) Mariel Hemingway (1961) Charles de Gaulle (1890) Scarlett Johansson (1984) 23rd: Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney) (1859) Boris Karloff (1887) Bruce Hornsby (1954) Harpo Marx (1888) 24th: Scott Joplin (1868) 25th: Karl Friedrich Benz (1844) John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960) 26th: Charles Schulz (1922) Tina Turner (1939) 27th: Jimi Hendrix (1942) Alexander Dubcek (1921) Bruce Lee (1940) Robin Givens (1964) 28th: Berry Gordy, Jr. (1929) William Blake (1757) Randy Newman (1943) Ed Harris (1950) 29th: C.S. Lewis (1898) John Mayall (1933) 30th: Winston Churchill (1874) Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835) Ridley Scott (1937) Billy Idol (1955) Ben Stiller (1965)
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Famous days in November in Spanish History 0694-11-09 - Spanish King Egica accuses Jews of aiding Moslems/sentenced to slavery 1340-11-28 - Battle of Salado Spain: last Moor invasion driven back 1491-11-25 - The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins >>> 1511-11-17 - England & Spain sign anti-French covenant 1521-11-19 - Battle at Milan: Emperor Karel V’s Spanish & German troops beat France & occupy Milan 1528-11-06 - Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas 1542-11-22 - Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America 1576-11-04 - Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spain captures Antwerp (after 3 days the city nearly destroyed) 1576-11-08 - Eighty Years' War: Pacification of Ghent - 17 Dutch provinces sign anti-Spanish covenant 1580-11-09 - Spanish troops land in Ireland 1596-11-29 - King Philip II devalues Spanish currency >>> 1598-11-08 - Spanish troops under of Bernardino de Mendoza conquer Doetinchem 1630-11-05 - Spain & England sign peace treaty 1659-11-07 - Peace of Pyrenees: Between French king Louis XIV & Spanish king Philip IV 1676-11-06 - King Carlos II of Spain becomes of age (at 15) 1698-11-14 - Spanish king Carlos appoints grandson prince Jozef Ferdinand as heir 1725-11-05 - Spain & Austria sign secret treaty 1729-11-09 - Spain, France & England signs Treaty of Seville 1733-11-07 - France & Spain sign Escoriaal Treaty 1762-11-03 - England & Spain signs Treaty of Paris 1762-11-03 - Spain acquires Louisiana 1787-11-30 - Spanish governor leaves Philippines 1803-11-30 - Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France 1811-11-05 - El Salvador's 1st battle against Spain for independence 1811-11-11 - Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain 1813-11-06 - Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain 1821-11-28 - Panama declares independence from Spain 1844-11-06 - Spain grants Dominican Rep independence 1865-11-26 - Battle of Papudo: The Spanish navy engages a Peruvian-Chilean fleet north of Valparaiso, Chile 1897-11-25 - Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy 1912-11-27 - Spanish protectorate in Morocco forms 1921-11-14 - The Communist Party of Spain is founded 1933-11-05 - Spanish Basques vote for autonomy 1933-11-19 - Women allowed to vote in Spain >>>
Famous days in November in Spanish History 1936-11-18 - Germany & Italy recognized Spanish government of Francisco Franco >>> 1944-11-07 - Train crashes in tunnel of Aguadilla Spain; about 500 die 1950-11-10 - Spanish dictator Franco ends war in Gibraltar 1952-11-19 - Spain joins UNESCO 1956-11-06 - Holland & Spain withdraw from Olympics, protest at Soviets in Hungary 1960-11-13 - Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain 1975-11-14 - Spain, Morocco & Mauretania sign accord about Spanish Sahara 1975-11-22 - Juan Carlos proclaimed king of Spain 1976-11-18 - Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship 1991-11-04 - Middle East peace conference ends in Madrid, Spain 1995-11-02 - Spanish Broadcasting System buys NY radio station WPAT-FM for $83.5M 1995-11-26 - 33rd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Valencia Spain (3-2) 2007-11-10 - ¿Por qué no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez >>>
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Famous Spanish Birthdays in November 0994-11-07 1498-11-30 1549-11-01 1602-11-22 1661-11-06 1724-11-24 1729-11-17
- Muhammad ibn Hazm, historian/jurist/author of Islamic Spain - Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer (d. 1568) - Anna of Austria, fourth wife of Philip II of Spain (d. 1580) - Elisabeth of Bourbon, Queen of Philip IV of Spain (d. 1644) - Charles II, last Habsburg king of Spain (1665-1700) - Maria Amalia of Saxony, queen of Spain (d. 1760) - Maria Antonietta of Spain, queen of Sardinia (d. 1785) 1745-11-24 - Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1792) 1748-11-11 - Carlos IV, king of Spain (1788-1808) 1748-11-11 - King Charles IV of Spain (d. 1819) 1748-11-12 - Carlos IV, King of Spain (1788-1808) 1857-11-28 - Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85) 1926-11-09 - Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1996) 1938-11-02 - Queen Sofia of Spain >>> 1957-11-12 - Marta Figueras-Dotti, Madrid Spain, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Open) 1966-11-05 - Nayim, Spanish footballer 1975-11-08 - José Pinto, Spanish footballer 1979-11-15 - Josemi, Spanish footballer 1983-11-15 - Fernando Verdasco, Spanish tennis player
Famous Spanish Deaths in November 1580-11-03 - Jeronimo Zurita y Castro, Spanish historian (b. 1512) 1641-11-09 - Ferdinand, of Austria, cardinal of Spain, dies at 32 1700-11-01 - Charles II of Spain (b. 1661) 1885-11-25 - Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27 1912-11-11 - Jose Canalejas Y Mendez, premier Spain, murdered 1936-11-19 - Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchists army leader, dies in battle >>> 1936-11-20 - Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, Spanish Falange, executed 1994-11-28 - Vicente Enrique y Tarancon, Spanish cardinal, dies at 87 1997-11-12 - Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915) 2007-11-21 - Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (b. 1921)